Eight Iranian guards killed at Pakistani border

2015-04-07 20:07
(<a href=www.shutterstock.com>Shutterstock</a>)


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beirut - Eight Iranian border guards were killed by militants in a cross-border raid on the frontier with Pakistan on Monday, according to reports in the Iranian media.

Sistan-Baluchestan province in southeast Iran has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants. The population of the province is predominantly Sunni Muslim while the majority of Iranians are Shi'ites.

"The armed terrorists entered Iranian soil from Pakistani soil and clashed with the guards," Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the deputy governor of the province, told the IRNA news agency.

"They killed eight members of the border guards and fled to Pakistani soil."

The attack happened only two days before Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was scheduled to visit Pakistan.

Tasnim Aslam, a spokesperson for the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the attack and noted that a militant group called Jaish al Adl had claimed responsibility, according to Iranian state media.

"It's necessary that the two countries work together on this issue in order to maintain security in the border areas," she said.

Jaish al Adl is a Sunni militant group that has carried out attacks against Iranian security forces with the aim of highlighting what they say is discrimination against Sunni Muslims and the ethnic Baluch in the province.

It claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 14 border guards in October 2013.

Read more on:    pakistan  |  iran

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.